Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Wednesday rejected BJP ally Shiv Sena’s proposal that his name be considered for the next President of India.
Rejecting the Maharashtra-based party’s proposal, Bhagwat said in Nagpur, ”I am not in race for President.”
“There are some rumors in the media about me wanting to become president. That is never going to happen. I am here to work for RSS. I had already closed all doors myself before joining RSS. The rumors spread by the media will always remain rumors. Even if my name crops up, hypothetically, I will never accept it,” Bhagwat told reporters.
In a surprise move, BJP ally Shiv Sena had on Monday proposed RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s name for the post of President, triggering a debate on who should be considered for the country’s highest constitutional job.
Shiv Sena MP and the Executive Editor of party’s mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ Sanjay Raut had said that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance should think of the RSS Sarsanghchalak if it wanted to fulfil its dream of achieving a “Hindu Rashtra”.
Stressing on Bhagwat’s name, Raut said, ”It is the highest post in the country. Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard Mohan Bhagwat’s name is being discussed for President. He is good choice for the post.”
“He (Bhagwat) is a strong leader, staunch nationalist, has a deep knowledge of the Constitution. So if the BJP wants to make India a `Hindu Rashtra`, his name must be considered. He is the most suitable candidate,” Raut said.
Source : Zee News